From humble beginnings, Kenneth Branagh drove himself to dizzy heights of accomplishment. With a West End hit at twenty-one, a lead with the RSC by twenty-three and his own theatre company by twenty-six, no actor of his generation achieved so much so rapidly. And yet no actor has received such relentless criticism. Based on extensive research and numerous interviews, Mark White traces the vicissitudes of Branagh's career, examining his meteoric rise and the accompanying backlash.
Mark White's formative years were in Yorkshire. He obtained his MA and PhD degrees in history in the United States. He has published a number of books including Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited , Macmillan, 1998 and The Kennedys and Cuba: The Declassified Documentary History, Ivan R. Dee, 1999.